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Rebranded as the Manx Rally, 68 crews were entered for the return to rallying, in May, on the Isle of Man. There was drama before the rally started as five time winners Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) retired on shakedown. So it Neil Roskell & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta R5) who were first on the road but that was SS2, as SS1 was cancelled due to a road accident before the stage started, meaning the police needed to divert normal road traffic via stage route. Read More »

After a three year absence we were back in Namur for the Rallye de Wallonie and there was a host of Rally2 and R5 cars at the top of the running order. Added on top of that were the GT cars with 6 Porsche 997 GT3’s and a pair of Alpine A110’s too. Stéphane Lefebvre & Xavier Portier (C3 Rally2) were the fastest crew through the opening 5 stages to open up a healthy lead. Two more fastest stage times followed on the opening day giving them a 18.3s lead over Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia Rally2 Evo), who had won the last two editions of the rally. Gino Bux & Nicolas Gilsoul (Fabia Rally2 Evo) were 25s back in 3rd overall. Read More »

Less than 6 months after the last Rallynuts Stages Rally, the MRF Tyres BTRDA Championship were back in mid-Wales. Matthew Hirst & Declan Dear (Fiesta R5) set a superb time through the opening stage, 15s faster than 2021 rally winners Elliot Payne & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta Rally2). This was followed by another stage win through Hafren to take a 23s lead into service. Ian Bainbridge & Tom Woodburn (Fabia R5) were fastest on stage 3 to snatch 2nd place from Payne. Hirst followed up with two more stage wins from the repeat runs of the three stages to take victory by 31s. Read More »

After a two year absence the Alan Healy was back on and it was the climax of the circuit rally championship. Neil Roskell & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta R5) started as car no.1 and as the favourites to win the title. 2nd fastest on the opener and joint fastest on the 2nd stage was a good start but fastest over those two tests were title rivals Barry Morris & Tom Hutchings (Darrian T90 GTR+). The battle continued over the following stages with fastest times being shared and Morris held a 7s at the lunchbreak. John Griffiths & Nigel Wetton (Fiesta R5) were in the battle too as they took a stage win too and were just 2s behind Roskell in 3rd. Read More »

Superb weather bathed the country and Rally North Wales was set for a dusty 8 stages, in the Dyfi Forestry complex. Overall it was Matthew Hirst & Declan Dear (Fiesta R5) who took victory by 24s from Dylan Davies & Mark Glennerster (Fabia R5). James Williams & Jamie Edwards (i20 R5) were fastest through the opening stage but went off on stage 2, so Hirst took 6 of the remaining 7 stages on his way to victory. Tom Llewellin & Dale Bowen (Mirage R5) completed the podium, just over a minute further back. Read More »

It was over to Weston Park to complete a tarmac rally filled weekend. Huw James & Ian Jones (Escort MkII) blasted into an early lead, going fastest through the opening 6 stages. With stage 8 cancelled they had enough in hand and took victory by 25s from Oliver Davies & Ben Innes (Escort MkII). They had been in an event long battle for 2nd place with Gary Thomas & Ben Ruff (Escort MkII) and came out on top by jusy 2s. Seeded at car 31, Steve Chaney-North & John Pickvance (Escort MkII) finished a superb 4th overall with Aled Wyn Morgans & Mark Rodway (Escort MkII) completed the top 5. Read More »

After an absence of two years, with the 2020 being one of the first events to go as we entered lockdown, it was great to be on the closed roads of Lancashire. A bumper crowd greeted the crews for the ceremonial start in Garstang and there was a good number of spectators on the stages too. Chris Ingram & Craig Drew (Fabia Rally2 Evo) were seeded number 1 and went on to set 11 fastest stage times, out of the 13 stages that ran. Ingram took victory by 52s from a hard charging Paul MacKinnon & Paul Beaton (Fiesta Rally2) with Mark Kelly & Neil Colman (Fiesta R5) 16s back in third place overall. Read More »

A total of 124 crews started the opening round of the 2022 BTRDA Rally Champiosnhip. Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta Rally2) set a total of 4 fastest stage times but it was a close run event as Ian Bainbridge & Will Atkins (Fabia R5) went fastest on the final two stages, closing in to just 16s. It was a tight rally overall as Jock Armstrong & Tom Woodburn (Fabia Proto) grabbed 3rd place on the final stage from Perry Gardener & Jack Bowen (Fiesta R5) by just 1s, with just 24s covering the top 4. Richard Hill & Pat Cooper (Evo IX) completed the top 5. Read More »

Mixing it up with a bit of regularity and the Tour of Cheshire. Dan Willan & Niall Frost  (Volvo PV544) backed up their win on the last Tour of Cheshire, with victory by 11s. 2nd overall were Paul Crosby & Ali Procter (Porsche 911) who had a 10s stop line infringement at Oulton Park, but that would still have left them 1s shy of the win. Matt Warren & Ryan Pickering (Porsche 911) completed the podium 2s behind Crosby. 4th overall and only 4s further back were Ian Crammond & Matthew Vokes (Mercedes 280SL). Rounding out the top 5 were Darell & Nicky Staniforth (Mini Cooper S), meaning the top 5 seeded crews completed the final top 5 overall. Read More »

It was a rally of two halves, weather wise, as the afternoon was a washout. It made little difference to David Henderson & Chris Lees (Fiesta R5) went fastest on 7 of the 8 stages, taking victory by over a minute and a half. Neil Roskell & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta R5) were 2nd overall, 48s clear of 3rd placed Andy Scott & Laura Connell (Fiesta S2000). Martin Hodgson & Tony Jones (Escort MkII) took top honours in the 2WD battle, 7th overall and 37s ahead of Josh Payton & Jamie Vaughan (Escort MkII). Completing the 2WD podium were Steve Tilburn & Sean Ward (Escort MkII) 7s behind Payton which could have been different had it not been for a 10s penalty for a chicane infringement on SS1. Read More »